Ford Capris BEST car ever!!! I had a 1973 Daytona Yellow 1600GT mk I Facelift,a 1979 Gold 2.0 S,1981 Silver 2.0S (it looked like Bodie AND Doyle lived at my house!!),1983 Dark Grey 2.0S,1984 white 2.8 Injection Special,1985 blue/silver 2.8 injection Special(fitted with 2.0 modern Ford twin cam Injection engine-AWSOME CAR!!!!)1987 Capri 280 "Brooklands" Green, 1986 Paris Blue 1600 Laser,1981 Black 2.0S. These were the ones that i actually ran - I also have had at least 5 more capri's ,projects that never quite made it or cars I broke to prolong other cars lives or on the odd occasion bought,never started working on then sold for a profit! Capri's have always been good to me,i dont think I ever had a truly bad one ,I actually bought, sold,bought back,sold and bought back the grey 2.0s ! I finally broke it after the rust got too much but it gave me 130,000 miles of fantastic driving pleasure and only let me down when I neglected it in later life. I got my first Capri in 1984 and sold my last one in 2011 and am pretty sure that I never had a time between those date when I didn't own at least one capri. I also have a feeling in my water that another one will find me (like Harry Potter's Wand!!!) in the future,although I bet I will be paying a lot more than the average £180-300 that used to by a bloody good one!!I really miss those long bonnets lively handling (I simply CANNOT relate to front wheel drive cars!)and the general good feeling from other owners and ex-owners. I currently drive the Capri's "grandson" a Ford Probe-a surprisingly good car,well appointed,comfortable,adequately fast and amazingly good looking (the wife LOVES it -she refused to be seen in the Capri's!). Fantastic car that was a massive part of my life-I was known for years as Caprinix ! I even made a reasonble part-time wage supplying spares on ebay for a number of years,wish I had my stock of spares to sell now as the market for GOOD capri bits is now going thru the roof!
Computacar Just looking at it now and it's made by "Mettoy Playcraft"under license from"Hasbro Industries USA" (car Made in japan)
Bachman Turner Overdrive I still have this bands "Not Fragile" album and thanks to this reminder will be playing it while enjoying a few JD and Cokes tonight..Happy New Year!!!
Bachman Turner Overdrive Probably best known as the providers of Smashy and Niceys Theme tune on The Fast Show,larger-than-life ZZTop Look-a-likes did actually put on a great live show and were pretty big for a while.I have great memories of this band ;-)
Computacar Got my first one for Christmas 1970,it was the most hi-tech thing I had seen in my 9 years on planet Earth.Pretty good GT40 look-a-like,needed a big room to use it in but it did work pretty well and was quite a good way to learn how to program a " computer" , the "Rubbish in, Rubbish out" maxim definitely works here as the car does EXACTLY what you "tell" it to!
I dont know what happened to the original one,I left it in my ma and pa's loft when I moved out in 1979 and it just disappeared. This Xmas tho my brother surprised me by giving me one he had searched out for me on Ebay (mint , almost un-played-with condition,in box with all the cones,the instruction book and uncut cards). It needs the pinch-roller replacing, as the original has perished, but is otherwise in "ready-to-go" order. It is so simple but at the same time a brilliant idea and even today I am still,as an engineer, impressed with the build quality and the whole package. There are several on Ebay at the moment for not a lot of £ so I recommend you have a look and maybe treat yourself to an iconic 70's Tech-toy.